Current LLL-smtx Courses

For future offerings, if you have a topic you would like to see explored or have a topic you would like to present, please contact Marianne at 512-216-6427 or at lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com.

                                                            Course Delivery on Zoom

Our classes are now being delivered via the platform “ZOOM," a safe, online, real-time video communications platform that will allow our presenters and participants to see, hear, and interact.

To participate, all you need is:
        (1) An Apple, Windows, or Android internet device with a built-in or
             attached camera and mic. The device can be:
 (A)  A desktop or laptop
            computer with at least MacOS 10.7 or Windows 10 operating systems
            (best); (B) A tablet with iOS 7.0 operating system or later (acceptable)
            and (C) A smartphone (marginal) with at least iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0x
            operating systems.

       (2) Download the free “Zoom Client for Meetings” application:
        
            Click this link - https://zoom.us/download - client_4meeting
 or paste
            it into you web browser for download.

       (3) You will receive an email to join your session by the presenter of your
            class.  When you receive the email, open it and click on the link.  Wait
            to be allowed to join in by the presenter (this is termed “the waiting
            room” which is a security measure so only class members can join).
 
NOTE:  We are also offering individual assistance. Date(s) and times will be provided to you when you
               CONTACT Marianne Reese of your interest to take a course(s).


TO SIGN UP FOR A COURSE(S) YOU MUST
EMAIL MARIANNE at lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com or call her @ 512.216.6427

                By July 24th           for Course # 1

               By August 18th      for Courses #2 and #3
               By August 25th      for Course # 4 and 5


 
DON’T WORRY, BE ENLIGHTENED!


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                                                       Courses for July 2020-September 2020

Course 1.   Texas Literature Book Club
When:       Every Other Tuesday Beginning  July 28th            
Time:        1:30 to 3:00 PM     
Where:     Your Home via Zoom         
Fee:           Free

Course Description
We will read old, new, fiction and non-fiction works by Texas authors.  Jo will share background information on each of the authors as well as weave in “historical tidbits” as we discuss the various books read.   The class will begin with Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider followed with Stephen Harrigan’s Gates of the Alamo.   It will be advantageous if you will have read Pale Horse, Pale Rider prior to our first club meeting, but not necessary.

Presented by Jo Snider
Jo Snider is a retired faculty member from the Department of History. She specialized in teaching the introductory courses in the theater setting. Which basically means she knows a lot  about a lot of things. For her BA Jo had a double major in History and English and an English minor on the MA level. Since her focus has been Texas and the Old South a book club on Texas authors seemed a natural. Hope you will join us for some fun, entertainment and enlightenment from the Texas literati.

** If there is enough interest, we may add a second section on an alternate day and time of the week.   

 

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Course 2.  Creative Canning (sauces, jams, and salsa) 
When:         (4) Fridays  August 28 and Sept.  4, 11 & 18   
Time:           10:00 to 11:00 AM  
Where:        Your Home via Zoom   
Fee:              $10.00


Course Description                                              
Learn how to make and can fabulous salsas, jams, and sauces which you can use for creative cooking or for gift giving. Each online session includes how-to photos and short videos to walk and talk through how to make the featured items for each class. The first session includes classic salsa with creative spinoffs for peach, black bean and corn, and roasted hot salsa. Additional sessions include Hatch green chili sauce, mango-habanero, savory sauces for cooking, and sweet and savory jams like classic peach, fruit chutney, pear-blueberry, and cranberry-jalapeno for the upcoming festive season.

Supplies Needed:
You do not need to have an official canning pot. You can transform your biggest “stock pot” into a “canner” by placing stainless steel trivet inside the bottom of the pot. Measure the diameter of the stock pot that you plan to use, and then select a canning rack that will fit inside. There are lots of choices here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=canning+rack&ref=nb_sb_noss_2.
 
All of the other cooking utensils would be what you probably already have on hand, including: sharp knives, cutting board, hot pads, tongs, long-handled spoon, Pyrex liquid measure cup (I prefer the oversized 1 Cup to use to pour the concoction into the jars), and a wide-mouth funnel that looks something like this example https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Canning-Funnel-CollapsibleSilicone/dp/B07Z8LWPPT/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=wide+mouth+funnel&qid=1594835594&sr=8-2
  
If you want to do the full-meal-deal canning set, then you will find options here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pot+for+canning&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 [but going with a really big pot that you have is perfectly fine as long as you have the rack for the bottom/inside to keep the jars from touching the bottom of the pan].
           
Jars and lids with rings available from HEB or Walmart.
 
Presented by Helen Boursier
Helen embraces cooking, canning, and baking as her spiritual practice and stress diversion. She looks for creative ways to put together “normal” food items so that the end result is healthy, fun, interesting, and delicious. Vocationally, she is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches theology and religious studies online at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She also does research and writing on immigration. Pre-seminary, she was a professional photographer and mixed media artist for 25 years on Cape Cod, MA. Her photography background shows up through the visuals for each how-to session. She and her husband live in New Braunfels.

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Course 3.  Creative Cooking For One or Two                                        
When:        (4) Fridays   August 28 and Sept.  4, 11 & 18               
Time:          11:15 AM to 12:15 PM   
Where:       Your Home via Zoom              
Fee:             $10.00

Course Description 
Embrace the joy of cooking as a creative expression and spiritual practice which also is a fun diversion that generates excellent meals for one or two people. Each online session includes how-to photos and short videos to walk and talk through how to make the featured items for each class. We will begin with summer salads which can be used as a main course or a side dish. The next three sessions will focus on main course meals with different themes: American, Mexican, and Italian.

Supplies Needed
You probably already have on hand all of the cooking utensils we will be using including: sharp knives, cutting board, hot pads, tongs, long-handled spoon, measure cups and spoons. You also need to have a covered pot large enough to boil water with potatoes, a covered skillet, and a jelly-roll type baking dish (large cookie sheet with ½ sides). Otherwise, whatever you normally use in your kitchen.
 
Presented by Helen Boursier
Helen embraces cooking, canning, and baking as her spiritual practice and stress diversion. She looks for creative ways to put together “normal” food items so that the end result is healthy, fun, interesting, and delicious. Vocationally, she is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches theology and religious studies online at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She also does research and writing on immigration. Pre-seminary, she was a professional photographer and mixed media artist for 25 years on Cape Cod, MA. Her photography background shows up through the visuals for each how-to session. She and her husband live in New Braunfels.

Join us for this four-week course you will learn a lot, have some fun, meet new people or join with friends.

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Course 4.    Discovering Your Ancestors in Church Records
When:         (4) Wednesdays    September 2, 9, 16, 23             
Time:           10:00 to 11:30 AM                                                    
Where:         Your Home via Zoom                                            
Fee:              $20.00   
                                                                                                 
Course Description                                       
Often the quest to learn more about your ancestors does not include searching religious records. Church records often predate civil records by recording births, marriages and deaths. Frequently church membership was required to be buried in a cemetery. There is your first clue! Sometimes in colonial times ownership of property was often driven by being a church member; a second clue! But how does one begin looking for religious records and where do you look? This four -week class will provide you with many good starting points, an overview of church records as well as resources and ideas. Even if you are just starting your genealogy research, why not consider a slightly different way to search for those hard to find essential records.

Each week there will be an outline for the presentation as well as resources to refer to for additional information.


Presented by Cindy Foreman
Cindy has been teaching and doing presentations on genealogy for more than 20 years here in the Central Texas area. She has a degree in History Education, been past President of the Austin Genealogy Society and past VP with the Wimberley Valley Genealogy Society. In 2014 she was one of a number of speakers at the national Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in San Antonio. She continues to do genealogy presentations and workshops upon request and teaches classes with the LifeLong Learning Program in San Marcos. Most recently she has begun to participate in Storytelling events using family genealogy. (genepath02@gmail.com)

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Course 5.    The Business of May Next—the Story of the U.S. Constitution             
When:       (4 sessions) Thursdays       Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24                                      
Time:         2:00 to 3:15 PM                                                                                            
Where:      Your Home via Zoom                    
Fee:            $20.00

Course Description                
 One American historian writes that the story of the Constitution is “a story that Americans ought to keep telling themselves as long as the nation it helped to form may last.”  This class will explore in a lecture/discussion format the fascinating story of our Constitution:  its makers, its contents, its history and the riveting tale of ratification.
           
 Presented by Jo Snider

Jo is a veteran of nearly thirty years of college and university teaching of American history.  She holds B. A. and M.A. degrees from Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas in Austin. She brings not only knowledge but also a high level of enthusiasm to the study of history.
 

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                  REMEMBER TO REGISTER...CONTACT  MARIANNE

                  at lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com or  512.216.6427

                   By July 24th           for Course # 1

                   By August 18th       for Courses #2 and #3

                   By August 25th      for Course # 4 and 5

LifeLong Learning Organization, San Marcos, TX, 2020      Dr. Marianne Reese, Director    lifelonglearningsm@gmail.com    512-216-6427